Tonight I’m welcoming Diane Rinella. She was actually a participant in the Spring Fever Blog Tour held in the months of April and May 2103. This is her bio. It was creative that I couldn’t edit it, so I’ll let her tell you who she is:
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
Her books include: Love’s Forbidden Flower, Love’s Erotic Flower, Time’s Forbidden Flower
Excerpt from Love’s Forbidden Flower:
Sliding my hand under his head I nudge him to raise it so his pillow can return home. “Seriously, can you please put forth an extra effort to be pleasant? At least to Christopher. He’s already kind of freaked about meeting you after the little display I mentioned that happened with Al’s brother. Bob didn’t paint you in a very nice light, and, unfortunately, I didn’t help matters.”
“What do you mean, ‘put forth an extra effort to be pleasant?’ Am I not always the most charming man you’ve ever met?”
“Quit making sarcastic remarks and being all—” I mimic his trademark blinking eye roll before leaning in and whispering, “It’s just too damn sexy.”
Donovan’s eyes almost pop out of his head while mine quickly slam shut—both of us going rigid. What the hell was I thinking? My intended joke was in no way funny. Now I’m stricken by an overwhelming sense of guilt.
“Sorry, I had to get at least one in before you left.” I rise to flee, but I’m arrested by Donovan’s touch upon my arm as he sits to address me. My lids go tight again—refusing to open and face the shame my words brought. What on earth came over me?
“Lily, look at me. I know you were messing with me but really, look at me. Just look me in the eyes, and don’t think for a minute. I need a moment of honesty.”
Sanity begs me to take flight and not return home until Donovan has long left, but his courageous request is conquering. The sensation as he runs his fingers along my jaw line and calls my eyes to meet his reminds me of his true nature and brings on a yearning for the days when we were discovering our hidden desires.
We stare into each other’s eyes as the intended moment becomes a display of immortal piety. After my heart seizes and I surrender to what we once had never forsaking me, Donovan breaks our lock by falling back on the bed and sounding resigned. “Yeah, I thought so.”
“What did you see?”
“The same thing you did in me.”
I escape our reality in haste, absolutely hating myself for being victimized by the emotions that rip me apart.
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Rinella is a romance novelist. She says that romance makes her feel like there are endless possibilities in the world, and that holds incredible power that goes beyond the notion of being swept off of your feet. She went on to say, “To me, true love transcends time, and I love to explore that notion. As for New Adult, it’s such a great age to work with, when we still see the world with endless possibilities. It’s the way I choose to live my life.”
I asked her how she gets from start to finish and she explained that she “pounds it out” then she said, “refine, refine, and refine. It is hard because the first few drafts of nearly every book stink. The “writers” on TV who sit at their desks and craft perfect stories on the first try are very misleading.”
Each author has their own way to research in preparation for their book. This is what Rinella had to say on the subject: “My novels involve sibling consanguinamory (incest.) Most other books dealing with the subject are either erotica or contain dysfunctional characters. Since so many people are at some point involved in a consanguineous relationship (10-15% of collage age adults have had some kind of sexual and/or romantic relationship with a sibling.) I wanted to represent them in a positive light. The more I researched, the more misconceptions I found. I also drew parallels between these relationships and those of homosexuals in that their struggles for acceptance are very similar. However, no matter what stories I read, people just wanted the right to love. I ditched the bulk of my notes and wrote from the heart, telling a love story where the characters just happened to be siblings. When all was said and done, I had a beautiful romance sitting before me. Since publishing, I have gotten numerous letters from people in these types of relationships, saying that I hit the nail on the head with my character’s emotions, and that sometimes even the words used were freakishly similar to their own. Once I was jokingly asked If I had bugged someone’s house.”
Rinella told me about one of her characters: “In my Forbidden Flower series everything is told through Lily’s eyes. She starts off as being “very sixteen” and always makes what she thinks are the best decisions. She has a lot of punches to roll with and a lot of unfair situations. Through it all she keeps her sarcastic and humorous look at the world. She never wallows, even though there are times when she has the right to.”
As I’ve asked all of the participants thus far, I inquired about balancing her time. Rinella’s answer was quite comical. She replied to my question saying, “What is this word, ‘balance?’ I must remember to look it up. Seriously, once you hit that publish button the world changes. There is so much to juggle: publicity, networking, interviews, giveaways, tracking down advertising avenues, answering mail, maintaining a blog, oh, and working on another release. You have to keep goals and deadlines on your calendar or you won’t make it.”
Some of her favorite books, stories, and authors include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Second Sight by David Williams, and, Jacqueline Susann.
When she talked about her publishing experience, she told me that it has been quite “incredible.” She pointed out that naturally there are frustrating aspects and because of her unique subject matter, finding an audience has been the most challenging for her. She explained that when she was able to zone in on her preferred audience, the “rewards are high,” and added, “It’s interesting because working with a taboo subject naturally draws some people in. It also turns a lot of people off. No matter where this road takes me, I am meeting incredible people along the way, be they fellow writers or fans. (I never dreamed my writing would bring genuine fans!) I try to see only the good of the journey.”
Regarding her other projects, she said, “I’m taking a break from the controversial. My current project is, Scary Modsters…and Creepy Freaks, a New Adult Romance about a vintage rock n roll fangirl who summons a rock star back to life.” She uses Goodreads for marketing.
Rinella told me about her writing history. She said, “It’s something I’ve frequently done on whims. About two tears ago I became serious about it. My first love is acting. Since acting teaches you how to become absorbed in a character or a situation, writing is a natural extension.”
As far as her one wish, Rinella that she wants “right people to read” her work. She wants those in “consanguineous relationships who seek support, along with people who want to open their minds and hearts. Judging by the letters I get, it’s happening, and I’m grateful for it every day.”
She told me that the hardest thing about being an author is that “there will always be someone who dislikes your work. You will never, ever please everybody and the sooner you learn that, the better off you will be. A bad review does not mean you do not have talent, it just means your work did not jive with that person. There is noting wrong in that.” The best thing about being an author? She says that fan letters are incredible and knowing that the individual has read her book is extremely rewarding. When asked about what the one thing was she wanted my subscribers to know about her, she said, “I really hope that readers of my Forbidden Flower series will ask themselves, and others, why we make love laws.”
Thanks so much Diane for sharing with us! And thank you all for following!